After dropping their season opener last week against the California Pintos, the Boonville Lady Pirates basketball team went into Monday night’s conference opener against the Mexico Bulldogs expecting the unexpected.
As it turned out, the Lady Pirates jumped out to a 20-2 first-quarter score and never looked back while cruising to a 67-24 victory.
While improving to 1-1 overall and 1-0 in the NCMC, head coach Jaryt Hunziker said this was a total team effort.
“Jumping out to a 20-2 lead set the tone,” Hunziker said. “Our defense did a great job of taking away their bigs inside but also containing outside threats. We forced a lot of turnovers tonight which helped us extend our lead. We had four players reach double digits on offense. I always like seeing balanced scoring knowing that many girls can step up on any given night. Kate Peterson brought a lot of intensity tonight on defense playing the bottom of our ball press. Kate and Jamie battled against the bigger Bulldogs all night and did great. We definitely moved the ball better on offense than we did last week versus California. By doing so we created a lot of open looks at the basket. I couldn’t have asked for a better effort from both the JV and varsity tonight for our home opener.”
Of course it didn’t hurt that Boonville outscored Mexico 20-2 in the opening quarter or that they closed out the final six minutes and 19 seconds on a 18-0 run.
The Lady Pirates also forced the issue both offensively and defensively while forcing Mexico into 34 turnovers on the night. But even after a lackluster performance in the second quarter in which Mexico outscored Boonville 13-12, the Lady Pirates still held a comfortable lead at the break by a score of 32-15.
While rotating players in and out most of the night, which could explain the second quarter, Hunziker had his starting five back on the floor in the third period and once again took control by outscoring Mexico 20-9 to extend the lead to 28 at 52-24.
The Lady Pirates also reeled off 10 straight during a two-minute stretch in the third to lead at one point at 45-19 with 3:10 left.
Junior Brynn Edwards also had all 18 of her points in the first-three quarters for Boonville.
However it got worse before it got better for Mexico in the fourth as the Lady Pirates came out and reeled off 15 straight points, which happened to be all of the scoring in the period, to win the game by 43.
Edwards also had five rebounds, four assists and three steals in the game for the Lady Pirates. Jamie Lemmons finished the game with 17 points, eight rebounds and seven steals while Camryn Monteer added 13 points, four assists, three steals and one assist. Hannah Fuemmeler also tossed in 13 points along with three rebounds, three steals and one assist while Kate Peterson contributed two points, six rebounds, four steals and four assists, Jacey Fenton two points, two rebounds, two steals and one assist and Madison Lenz also with two points.
The Lady Pirates also finished the game shooting 78 percent from the foul line, 44 percent from the field and 38 percent from the three-point arc.
For Mexico, Logan Blevins and Anna Proctor each had five points.
As for the Boonville girls junior varsity basketball team, they also defeated Mexico 40-29.
The Lady Pirates, 1-1 overall and 1-0 in the NCMC, opened up the first half with a 25-12 lead against Mexico but was outscored 17-15 in the second half.
Boonville JV coach Alexandria Wendell said the girls played really well last night.
“I was really happy to see our intensity on defense,” Wendell said. “We caused quite a few turnovers, which swung into essential points for us. We transitioned well off the steals. I thought I saw the girls really put the pieces together last night and started to build a foundation for the rest of the season. From last night, I am really excited to see what the rest of the season brings for us. The girls worked extremely hard, and it paid off.”
Jalyn Schnetzler led the scoring attack for Boonville with 13 points. Lawren Luscombe tossed in eight while Zoe Coffelt and Grace Bronakowski added seven points each, Madison Lenz three and Hailey Polk with two.
Mexico was led by Shelby Shaw with eight points.